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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 28, 2006 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First show experiences


When I was 14 my Mom chaperoned me and my friend to our first show, which just happened to be 1-11-79...the next night following the show you ALMOST went to.

I had no idea that I missed anything the previous night. (But man, how can you complain about RADIO CITY popping your cherry? That was a tough ticket and you saw an ACOUSTIC set to go w/the 'lectric. Classic shows, too; I'd say that's a pretty sweet debut).

But at Nassau that first time....

i'll never forget the hippie chick who saw me and my buddy and said 'Look! Little Dead Heads!'.

I'll never forget Sugaree being my first tune, or the moment in that Jack Straw when i got transported beyond the realm of what I believed music was capable of...

I'll never forget the Casey Jones encore or being so excited about knowing almost everything they played (I'd been listening to the Dead for almost a year by then--friend's older brother turned us on).

I even remember the first Dead tune I ever heard, period, anywhere: Friend of the Devil off of American Beauty.

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Poster: doodle Date: Sep 28, 2006 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First show experiences

We have some similar experiences Grendel. Though, I feel I have to clarify for folks; I don't really hate my mom. It was more of an "ARRRRGGHH" type of thing. Anyhoo, I am the last of a very large family, so I have a very clear memory of being in my oldest (15 years my senior) brother's van at what was his (at the time) high school. He was playing hoops, and my other brother and I were playing in the van (They were waaaayyy cool back then-early seventies). In the tape deck (8 track??) was "Skeletons from the Closet" and I remember grinning ear-to-ear at my first realization of rock'n'roll; "One More Sat. Night" and "Lovelight". Despite my "Arrgh" at mom, in all honesty I don't think I would have known Dark Star, or at least appreciated it. I had been listening to them for years (I was an early bloomer), but it would have been wasted on me. My first Radio City show, and second (Halloween) were fantastic! Much of the acoustic stuff was unfamiliar, but still great. I remember the rumors at the time that "Old and in the Way" was going to open up! What a hoot! The good old days! Well, I forgot where I was going with this, but I loved the shows and the commraderie of all my friends going to shows (thankfully there were a whole bunch of us in jr. and sr. high. And with that, I will mercifully sign off :)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 28, 2006 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First show experiences

aww, yeah...I knew you were cool w/yer Moms.

Man, gone are the days (we stopped to decide where we should go, we just ride)..sorry, can't help myself sometimes!